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Police Consultative Forum seeks public views 1 May 2008

A CAMPAIGN has been launched to raise awareness of the work being undertaken by the Police Consultative Forum.

The independent organisation was originally established in 1998 to gather views about the policing of the Isle of Man and crime prevention issues. The current members of the Forum have been in place since 2007 and deal with public concerns, suggested improvements and comments about community policing initiatives that are working well.

In a bid to generate more feedback, thousands of leaflets and posters have been made available at locations throughout the Isle of Man. The information guides invite Island residents to make their opinions known by using the Forum’s new dedicated telephone line and email addresses.

Forum chairman Bob Jeavons stressed that public views about policing matters were highly valued and could make a real difference to Island life.

‘We are here to strengthen and develop the relationship between the police and local community. We are a wholly independent body and act as a focal point for the exchange of ideas and information. Views supplied by the public could contribute towards the shaping of policing plans and priorities both locally and Island wide.’

The Forum is made up of nine district representatives – two for the west, south and north, and three for the eastern region which includes Douglas and Onchan. Those community members, who are appointed by the Council of Ministers and serve a five-year term of office, can draw the police’s attention to any matters of urgency.

Other information is used at strategic level as the Forum makes recommendations to the Police Advisory Group (PAG). The Police Advisory Group in turn advises the Department of Home Affairs on maintaining and improving the efficiency of the Isle of Man Constabulary.

Mr Jeavons said:

‘People can make a difference and I would urge everybody to pick up an information guide and tell us what they think are the key policing issues facing the Island today.’

A total of 5,000 leaflets and posters are being distributed to venues such as police stations, commissioners’ offices, supermarkets and doctors’ surgeries across the Island. This public consultation process is seen by the IoM Constabulary as a key element in ensuring that its policing plans are in line with the needs of the public.

While the PCF deals with a wide range of policing issues, matters of immediate concern should still be referred to Police Headquarters (631212) or the anonymous Crimestoppers line (0800 555 111).

To contact the Police Consultative Forum write to: PCF Administrator, Homefield, 88 Woodbourne Road, Douglas, IM2 3AP, or leave a telephone message on 694343. Alternatively, people can contact their regional representatives by emailing Pcf.north@gov.im, Pcf.south@gov.im, Pcf.east@gov.im or Pcf.west@gov.im

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